Pick a Little, Talk a Little

Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns 51qhyk6psdl._sl1500_.jpgwas published in 1984 and is another of the Top 150 Novels I am slowly making my way through.

The fictional story takes place in a small Georgia town named Cold Sassy.  Told in the first-person by 14-year-old Will Tweedy, the story begins with the death of his grandmother. The event which really gets the rumor ball rolling, is the marriage of his bereaved grandfather to a much younger woman in his employ just three weeks after the death of his wife. Throughout the book, tongues are wagging all through the town.

Will Tweedy is an innocent, impressionable adolescent who enjoys practical jokes and admires his grandfather. Will would rather be fishing or camping than being in mourning and wonders what all the fuss is about. He likes grandpa’s new wife, Miss Love,  who often confides in Will. It seems he is the only person who does. As the story unfolds, the reader is led to question the real truth behind the quick marriage.

Told in a strong Southern voice, the story vividly captures life in rural Georgia in 1906. The characters are believable, memorable, and lovable. I am happy to add this book to my list of favorites! It is wonderful!

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About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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